I’m so glad to have found such a spectacular and strong community, and I’m glad to say that I’ve been a (lurking) fan for at least a year now.
Let me give a quick introduction. c:
I’m 18 and currently attending a tech institute university, and boy was it NOT easy to get here. Academics was a breeze up until high school (was basically an all-A’s honor student), but even then, I managed to get through it. Now, college is my next stage in life.
I am not officially diagnosed with ADHD/ADD, but I strongly suspect I have it, and I have suspected that “something’s different about me” as of a few years ago. I have a lot of the supposed symptoms. Some to a lesser degree (disorganization), and some I don’t have at all (I USUALLY don’t misplace things, thank goodness). Now that I’m in college, I’m starting to see some of my old struggles from high school resurface, and I’m worried that it might get in my way. However, what’s stopping me from getting a diagnosis is:
- My parents saying that I’m just making stuff up or that I’m using this as an excuse.
- Since I was able to breeze through school as a kid, I’m worried that it may not even be ADHD/ADD (since I didn’t really notice any problems before the age of 12), but after quite a bit of research of trying to figure out what was “wrong with me,” ADHD/ADD seems like the closest match.
I don’t see my potential ADHD/ADD as a problem or obstacle, however. It’s just another lens I can possibly look through. My older sister was diagnosed with ADD and she’s functioning greatly as a person, and even graduated from a very difficult university. I’m proud of her, and I aim to follow in her footsteps, although it certainly will be hard!
This is just me sharing my personal story. And ironically, I’m writing this instead of working on my 5 page paper that’s due next week. Hmmm.
Hey, Brains…! Have a good night and rest easy for me!